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International Public Service


Public Service (MS)

Promote ethical, positive change in the world

DePaul's master’s in International Public Service (IPS) is designed for students interested in the field of international development and global humanitarian affairs. You’ll gain the skills and expertise to manage, lead and evaluate international projects and organizations. Deepen your experience through study abroad, internships and applied research opportunities.

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Flexible formats for any lifestyle

Courses are offered in the evening on the Loop Campus, and in some cases, online. The program can be completed in two years and one additional quarter (including one summer) by following a schedule of two classes per quarter.

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An urban classroom in a global city

An international hub, Chicago is home to citizens from virtually every nation—and a place where you’ll experience firsthand the interconnectedness of the world. Connect to job and internship opportunities with international and nonprofit organizations like Rotary International, the American Red Cross and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, professional statement, résumé and official transcripts.

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Required Courses

You’ll complete 11 core courses plus two electives.

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of 2017 International Public Service master’s graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment within six months of graduation

Learn from experts with global points of view

Professors like Ramya Ramanath bring diversity of thought and a rich perspective that makes our curriculum fresh and relevant. She is a noted expert on urban poverty, international development, international aid and developing countries. Her current research projects are spread over three continents and draw on disciplinary perspectives in urban sociology, anthropology and political science.

“What stood out to me about the School of Public Service was the emphasis on practical application as opposed to just theory. With the study abroad programs and my internship, I knew I would gain the experience that would enable me to succeed in my professional career.”

Heather (MS ’17)
Mayoral Fellow, City of Chicago


Alumni Network

You’ll benefit from extensive networking opportunities with DePaul’s strong alumni network, including more than 2,700 School of Public Service alumni. Connect with fellow International Public Service grads, who typically pursue careers in government, non-profit association management and within various nonprofit organizations.
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DePaul’s MPA program is NASPAA-accredited according to the Commission on Peer Review & Accreditation. Learn more about our accreditation.

Scholarships & Aid

The School of Public Service offers several quarterly scholarship, graduate assistantship and fellowship opportunities. Learn more about the scholarships and opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-7315 or

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